Rawls Slaton's return to the Texas ranch he shares with his brother Marcus following his discharge from the Confederate Army is anything but triumphant. Rawls is afoot, disheveled, and plagued by an odd nervous condition. In order to save their ranch from ruin, the brothers must mount a great cattle drive north to the Kansas market where they can get a decent price for beef. They must first build up their remuda from wild horses on the range. Unfortunately, a gang of Comancheros are after the same horses.< P>Mackey Murdock lives in Garland, Texas.